* Posts by Gavin Jamie

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Vulture 2 strapped to speeding van before delicate brain surgery

Gavin Jamie

Roof rack

On Roof Gurney for At Speed Measurement

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Selfies are so 2013. Get ready for DRONIES – the next hipster-cam-gasm

Gavin Jamie

Manual labour

It would surely be simpler, and possibly cheaper, to employ a minion to follow you around and take your picture when requested.

I would suggest calling it a "serfie"

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Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

Gavin Jamie

Temporal error

I find google is excelling at pushing ads for things I bought yesterday, which really is not much of a trick.

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Top Brit docs wade into GP data grab row, demand 'urgent' NHS England talks

Gavin Jamie

Are you sure what you opted out of?

There was a mailshot about the Summary Care Record which would have taken place over the last two years or so. This came with an opt-out form and was reply paid. From what I remember it was purple. This is the record that could be accessed for your health care e.g. in an A&E department or emergency GP service at the weekends or evenings.

Care.Data is completely separate. It will not be available to people treating you. Leaflets only came out in the second half of January this year and did not feature an opt out form (there are several good suggestions for forms around here). However opting out of the SCR will not have any effect on this extraction. This needs to be done separately.

Be sure which one you have opted out of.

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GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan

Gavin Jamie

Re: What leaflet?

That was the old policy. It seems to have changed now so that it will prevent any upload, althought this is relatively recent (and seems to have been announced on Twitter)

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>@C7RKY @sam_a_voice @clarercgp Hi. The 1st type of objection in FAQ 8 stops all flows of your data to care.data http://t.co/bAvaJiaPWU</p>&mdash; Geraint Lewis (@GeraintLewis) February 12, 2014</blockquote>

<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

Gavin Jamie

Re: GP's Opening Hours

You know more than your GP probably and there has been no extra time given by the NHS to give advice on this. If you want to opt out just email or write to them. There are a few forms knocking about (the NHS England has cleverly not produced an official form, in case people thought that they needed one).

Our local CCG produced a form. Nothing specific to Swindon in it. You can download it from http://www.whalebridge.nhs.uk/images/PCDpermission.rtf

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Gavin Jamie
Terminator

Re: More details

This care.data extraction is nothing about your personal care. The data will never be used to treat you or call you for treatment. It is purely for management and may be given to researchers, including drug companies. Identifiable is a moot point - it will certainly be detailed enough for jigsaw identification.

There is a good, more skeptical, Q&A at http://care-data.info

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Huge Antarctic iceberg: 1 Singapore? 8 Manhattans? This is CHAOS

Gavin Jamie
Go

Islands only

I would propose that only islands are used when discussing floating structures. There is a much better sense of boundaries. It has already been commented that there is little chance of seeing an iceberg and Berlin in close juxtaposition. It is easier to visualise, and indeed define islands.

Whilst Manhattan and Singapore would both meet this criteria I would hope that the Reg would recognised the fine and honourable traditional UK measurement of the Isle of Wight https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=%22size%20of%20the%20isle%20of%20wight%22

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Is it barge? Is it a data center? Mystery FLOATING 'Google thing'

Gavin Jamie

Buy and Large

(with the different spelling) was of course the worldwide (and beyond) corporation in the Disney Pixar film WallE. Would Pixar need anything this big?

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TUPPERWARE FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

Gavin Jamie
Coat

Finding water

It is all very well finding water on the Moon and Mars but only Titan provides somewhere to put it.

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El Reg Playmonaut soars to 113,000ft

Gavin Jamie

Very stable

From a position of ignorance it seems a very stable platform. Not much twisting around at altitude.

Does anyone know why the horizon seems concave rather than convex as the system bobs up and down? I assume it is optical but it seems more to do with movement than angle.

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Who's the daddy of Virgin Media now? That would be Liberty Global

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Angry Birds fire back: Vulture cousins menace UK city's mobiles

Gavin Jamie

Re: Missed opportunity

I would imagine RFC1149 would suffer from considerable packet loss in the circumstances.

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First C compiler pops up on Github

Gavin Jamie
Facepalm

Stupid Question

I understand that I may be a bit thick here but it appears to be written in C.

Now I get that you can write a new C compiler these days, compile it in GCC or whatever and then get it to compile itself.

But this is the first C compiler. How did they compile it? By hand?

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Londoners can bonk their way to work without Oyster cards TODAY

Gavin Jamie

Re: Cost?

It might cost more. There is a daily price cap on Oyster (as you cumulative bus spend can be stored on the card). They can't do this with PayPass so if you make more than three bus jouneys a day you will pay more than you would with Oyster.

Better prices than cash though.

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Google's Drive + Gmail: A 10GB Dropbox killer

Gavin Jamie
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Doesn't work for me

I write documents in Drive (or what was Docs before). When I have finished I email them to my editor. At the moment that involves downloading as text and then uploading to Gmail again.

This is not made any simpler by sharing. I do not want to force the recipient to log on to Docs but the sent "link" is to a live version rather than a downloadable format of my choice. In essence this is just an extension of the "share" option and is not even as good as the "email as an attatchment" option in docs (which for some reason gets caught in spam filters much more and only allows a single attatchment)

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New body to supervise as your NHS file includes more and more stuff

Gavin Jamie

Re: Accuracy??

As a medical student and junior doctor it was drummed into me to ask the patient and not trust the record or even other doctors. When people report having to give their details several times it is down to this training as much as anything else. I don't know if this is still the mantra.

In any case you look pretty daft if you don't ask the patient if they are allergic to penicillin before giving it. It is a trivially easy check that will one day save a patient (and rather more selfishly, my career). The same is true for checking which leg need to come off

Of course this renders the case for the SCR rather less than it would otherwise be, but I know what I would want my doctor to do.

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2,500 copycat hack attempts on abortion provider site – report

Gavin Jamie
Meh

Higher or lower than background?

Are these just port scans or the usual password guessing that hits any machine with an open SSH port? http://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/2012/01/06/brute-force-password-guessing-attempts-on-ssh/

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

Gavin Jamie
Childcatcher

Mama Mia

MrsJ got this out but even she could not stomach it. I don't mind musicals, I have even hummed along to Abba in the past but third rate singing and acting that made a chair look like John Guilgud was beyond the pale. Managed 30 mins.

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LOHAN spaceplane project starting to shape up nicely

Gavin Jamie
Headmaster

GPS at altitude

Apparently all GPS units that can work over 18km (which is pretty feasible) are classified as munitions. Have you got access to unrestricted GPS? (of course you know all of this I'm sure)

http://www.armscontrol.org/documents/mtcr (item 11)

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MPs round on plans to offshore gov IT work

Gavin Jamie
Unhappy

Officially encouraged

The NHS has an entire organisation dedicated to sending back office function abroad. These are not necessarily patient records but it is still HMG paying the unemployment benefits. As this is the DSS and not the NHS this is not deemed important.

http://www.sbs.nhs.uk/

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Visa pushes NFC operator bypass on French

Gavin Jamie
Thumb Down

Multiple Cards

I have both Visa and Mastercards and choose which to use. Presumably with an SIM or phone based device I could choose one to use. With SD its could require 2 or more slots to let me do this.

Not that I am even slightly considering waving my phone around in this manner.

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Ofcom pricks Shard's 'biggest erection' boast

Gavin Jamie
Paris Hilton

A new unit needed

Perhaps we could measure the usable floor space divided by the land area used. Works fairly well until the development of mushroom shaped buildings. As this will measure how much a building has up top I vote this unit is named the "Paris".

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Boffins develop method of driving computers insane

Gavin Jamie
Alien

Call Captain Kirk

Surely you just point out a logical error or give contradictory input and the thing blows up. Or is everything I have ever learned about artificial inelligence wrong?

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London Olympics ticket grab ends with website wobbles

Gavin Jamie
Alert

from a lottery to a game show

The problem with this scheme is there is then an incentive to apply for everything in the firsts round and see what you get.

You can then buy what you get or wait and see if something more to your taste comes up in the subsequent rounds (when you apply for everything again). Basically it turns into a protracted version of "Deal or No Deal"

I suspect interest might wane by round seven...

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French mayor busts overly busty bust

Gavin Jamie
Paris Hilton

Can't find it

Found the Town Hall but can't find her jubbliness on street view.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Neuville-en-Ferrain&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Neuville-en-Ferrain,+Nord,+Nord-Pas-de-Calais,+France&gl=uk&ll=50.750018,3.152491&spn=0.002257,0.00478&t=h&z=18&layer=c&cbll=50.749979,3.152715&panoid=8wbqslQ3dyAP1NBmhByrgw&cbp=12,157.76,,0,2.22

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Early demand knocks back UK iPad 2 delivery dates

Gavin Jamie
Joke

There's an app for that

iPee and iPoo.

Because it can do anything.

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Cure for BALDNESS causes IMPOTENCE, says new study

Gavin Jamie
Jobs Halo

No surprise

These drugs are basically testosterone inhibitors. They are therefore good at stopping things that testosterone causes such as male pattern baldness and prostate enlargement. Testosterone is also responsible for things like libido which you might want to keep.

Nice to have some figures on it though.

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Beeb gets the measure of the London Eye

Gavin Jamie
Headmaster

That a whole lot of Wales

Do phone books really require the cutting down of trees in an area four times the size of Wales or has a decimal point gone wandering?

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Online sync'n'store services

Gavin Jamie
Linux

For us freetards

...there is Ubuntu One, which shares many features such as the multi machine sync of Dropbox and contact sync. Also some browser sync and Tomboy notes support.

Free to 2GB. 20GB for $2.99/mo

Also a mobile streaming audio thing that I have not really got my head around but then I use my phone to talk to people.

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DARPA working on eyes-in-the-back-of-your-head hat

Gavin Jamie
Coffee/keyboard

Wetware issues

The real trick is going to be allowing the user to look around whilst zoomed in without vomiting. There will be major discrepancies between head movement and visual changes which are unlikely to be pleasant.

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Three pledges cut-price iPads for Crimble

Gavin Jamie
Stop

Crimble??

May I nominate Crimble to join lappy and others in the Reg Room 101?

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LOST Vulture One PARIS spaceplane FOUND!!!

Gavin Jamie
Pint

Simply brilliant

I can't have been the only one spending the day wishing I was hurtling through the Spanish countryside and beating my way through forest. Blair Witch?? It was more sleeping beauty in my head as I tried to rescue PARIS.

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Capgemini pushes efficiency limits in Swindon data centre

Gavin Jamie
Headmaster

A little less trifle

That would be 800W (80W would be 1.008).

Still impressive.

I live in Swindon so will now be out trying to spot the building.

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Doctors' appointment system goes tits up

Gavin Jamie
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More than appointment

The EMIS PCS system does more than appointment. It does everything from prescribing to managing blood test results. We had half a day of hand writing prescriptions when we could work out what patients were actually taking. Thank goodness our document management system runs serparately so we could at least see hospital letters etc.

Central servers were a major policy push of the late Connecting for Health back when it was NPfIT. PCS is really not a datacentre product and will sit very happily on a single server. The hosted system scale a bit by separating out the database server from the front end and attatching it all to some big storage but EMIS still runs serparate clusters of servers for areas.

This was our third half day outage this year. It is not that rare.

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Facebook blames outage on internal config flaw

Gavin Jamie
Joke

Standard solution

I am not particuarly gifted in the ways of mult datacentre server management but the ultimate solution appeared to be to turn it off and on again.

Outsourced to Renholm Industries?

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Underweight passport pic left traveller stuck in Amsterdam

Gavin Jamie
Happy

Fuller ears

It is pretty serious weight gain when your ears get fat.

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Report questions millions spent on NHS.crap

Gavin Jamie

GP surgeries

There are about 8000 GP surgeries in England so the number of websites seems quite low! Whilst all practices are listed on NHS Choices the amount of information that can be put on there is limited and particularly so in relation to non NHS services (unsurprisingly).

Appointment booking and prescription requesting is limited by the availability these features on the commercial suppliers systems. GPs are wise not to attempt this themselves.

My own site is a fairly basic Joomla site but despite some web experience the effort has seemed disporportionate. We tried advertising and using it during the whole swine flu episode but the stats suggest it is mainly frequented by Google and Yahoo.

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Street View spooked by 10 Rillington Place?

Gavin Jamie
Big Brother

Twisting passages, all alike

Central Manchester is the same. Streetview pictures and maps bear no relation to each other and you are sent through portals all over the place. Impossible to make any progress from some locations.

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Apple iPad – the 'Tickle Me Elmo' of 2010

Gavin Jamie
Joke

Tickle me Elmo joke

The HR manager at the "Tickle me Elmo" factors offers a job to a new young lady and then explains here duties to her. She starts the next day.

Well the next day comes and within half an hour of the start of production the foreman is up complaining about the new girl. The whole line has come to a halt because of this girl.

"What's wrong with her?"

"You had better come and see."

The foreman leads the manager to the production line which indeed all backed up. At the front is the new employee with a pile of red velour and a bag of marbles which she is slowly sewing on to each Elmo.

The manager looks stunned for a moment and then bursts out laughing. It is a couple of minutes before he, gasping, regains the power of speech.

"No, no, no" he wheezes. "I told you to give them two test tickles."

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Unused 'free' minutes cost Brits £800m a year

Gavin Jamie
Happy

Cheapest tarriff

I use phone for work. I think I am too busy/lazy to payg. Paying £15 a month but never get near to using the minutes. I like having a paper bill and DD from the work account though. I don't want to be going to a supermarket or a cash machine to top up.

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Site auto-trawls embarrassing Facebook posts

Gavin Jamie
Joke

I miss NTK

and in particular the "Puerile Google mispellings" feature

http://willmoffat.github.com/FacebookSearch/?q=angels+prostate

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Brits blasé about 3D TV 'fad'

Gavin Jamie
Pint

the word in the pub

In the pub the other week we decided that there was probably a market for prescription 3D glasses. Probably off the shelf as posh frames are unlikely to be needed if everyone else already looks stupid and, with the TV at a constant distance, varifocals are not required.

Probably £10-15 price point.

Then it was closing time.

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Giant flying pliers menace West Bromwich

Gavin Jamie
Alien

They are enormous

You don't really get the scale of these things until you view all the pictures all the way down the road to Lidl. They are so far away (and therefor huge) that the car does not appear to move relative to them at all.

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YouTube: Auto-captions for everyone

Gavin Jamie
Headmaster

Incompressible?

I don't really understand that.

However I can't think of a word to described that which I can't understand. Could anyone help me?

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Spam filters stuff Canadian Beaver

Gavin Jamie
Paris Hilton

Little Scouts

The junior section of the Scouting movement - 6-7 year olds - are Beavers. How my work colleagues laughed when I started helping with the Beavers. Three years later they still laugh as they are exceptionally childish.

Paris - because she takes Beavers seriously.

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UK e-car trials kick off with mass motor handover

Gavin Jamie
Pint

The Sound of Silence

Certainly in their natural state they are silent, but this is simple a business opportunity.

Sooner or later they will be required to make a noise. Initially they will have a vaguely synthetic engine roar. Then we will have a ringtone like market.

I fancy my car sounding like a Castle class steam locomotive, boy racers could choose and F1 race car, people with pink fluffy seat covers could have the Ninky Nonk and someone somewhere would have a car that sounds like Katy Perry.

There are fortunes to be made. And it was my idea!

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Swindon twins with Walt Disney World

Gavin Jamie

Well I live in Swindon

We have large car parks and just about as many shops as it is possible to squeeze into a given land mass.

We can offer a selection of large hotels.

Several people I have met also report large talking animals.

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Urinating Spaniard soaks Street View's Canaries

Gavin Jamie

Move north

and it blurs his arse.

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Health sector spews out much more carbon than airlines or IT

Gavin Jamie
Coat

Seems quite good

16% of GDP and 11% of carbon emissions? Someone must be making the averages up somewhere.

Although I would say that as I am a doctor am rarely airbourne.

(I used to have a coat like that)

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